Importance of Risk Assessment in Manufacturing

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on May 28, 2020 11:20:07 AM

Manufacturing companies invest millions in human and equipment in the bid to achieve peak productivity and profits. Achieving monthly revenue targets may be the most vital factor when it comes to procurement of such assets, there are certain factors that can drastically affect the workings of a company. By investing in machinery, tools, personnel, etc. companies open themselves up to greater level of risks. Small mistakes can have wide ranging consequences that can affect the company’s reputation within the market.

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Topics: Machine Safety, Safety

Basics of Machine Safety in a PLC

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on May 27, 2020 2:00:00 PM

A programmable logic controller (PLC) is an industrial digital computer which is used for the control of manufacturing processes. With the rise of new technologies, PLCs are now mainstays in the majority of factory environments and help facilitate day-to-day automation. Because of the significant role of PLCs in working factories, safety is placed at a premium when developing this new technology. Below, we’ll walk through the basics of machine safety in a PLC, the distinction between a standard PLC and a safety PLC, and how a safety PLC can be advantageous to your business in the long run.

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Topics: PLCs

Setup of a Banner Wireless Controller

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on May 19, 2020 12:00:00 PM

Wireless technology is a burgeoning and now nearly ubiquitous facet of a modern factory environment. Perhaps the most pivotal piece to a factory’s wireless network is its wireless controller. A wireless controller is the heart of the factory’s production, providing users the ability to communicate with various material handling systems such as overhead cranes, conveyor systems, and transfer cars just to name a few. This functionality streamlines production and allocates all the pertinent data and information into one place, greatly simplifying things for your business. With all this being said, the setup of a wireless controller can often be a daunting and complex task. Below, we’ll walk through a simplified version of how to set up your wireless controller and provide more details on how they can help your business cut costs, save money, and prosper in the long run.

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Topics: PLCs, IoT

The Benefits of a Virtual Machine

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on May 1, 2020 12:31:04 PM

A virtual machine is an emulation of a computer system, giving the user a completely separate, singular operating system installation on your regular OS. This duality can provide unique benefits to users, especially in the field of industrial automation. Below, we’ll walk through the primary advantages of a virtual machine as well as a few basic tasks that users can employ with the aid of a virtual machine.

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TIA Portal Basics

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Apr 28, 2020 12:25:00 PM

Modern factory automation is a complex process. Oftentimes, there are dozens of machines communicating and relaying large amounts of information and intricate processes between each one another. With all these nuances and complexities, it isn’t difficult to see how things can quickly become confusing and/or overwhelming to even the most competent employee. However, the Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) Portal works to mitigate these potential roadblocks by providing your business with a complete range of digitalized automation services, from transparent operation to digital planning and integrated engineering. Below, we’ll walk through the basics of the TIA Portal, the advantages it offers - whether it’s shortening your businesses’ time to market or increasing your productivity through additional diagnostics and energy management functions - and how it can benefit your company in the long run.

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Topics: PLCs

Addressing Coronavirus/COVID-19

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Mar 18, 2020 11:24:25 AM

Addressing Coronavirus/COVID-19

During this time of uncertainty, Advanced Controls & Distribution (ACD) would like to assure our customers and partners that we are actively monitoring the COVID-19/Coronavirus situation and are taking the steps recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local health authorities to help keep our communities safe.

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Topics: Company News, Industry News

Choosing the Right Industrial Motor

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Mar 18, 2020 10:57:56 AM

The task of choosing the right industrial motor can be daunting. There are a plethora of options, each specializing in a specific task or process. So how do you know if you’re choosing the right one or just wasting your money on something unsuited for your business? Below, we’ll walk you through the basics of the different types of industrial motors and help make sure you’re choosing the right motor for your company's needs. 

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Topics: DC Motors, AC Motors, Motors

Motor Testing Methods

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Mar 10, 2020 3:13:28 PM

In the majority of plant environments, industrial motors are the heartbeat of the workspace. Motors drive production. Without a fully-functional motor, basic industrial tasks would be compromised and unable to proceed. Therefore, motor failure can prove extremely costly and disruptive to your business, resulting in unplanned work stoppages and burgeoning maintenance costs. However, by utilizing various motor testing techniques - both during periods of regular, routine maintenance and at signs of impending trouble - motor issues can be easily predicted, prevented, and therefore resolved with little-to-no service disruption. Below we’ll walk you through a handful of the many motor testing methods available that you can use to mitigate your business’ downtime.

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Topics: DC Motors, AC Motors, Motors

Overview of IO-Link Devices

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Mar 6, 2020 9:00:00 AM

With sensor technology becoming more ubiquitous in modern industrial plants, IO-Link devices are becoming increasingly sought after and vital in the workspace. By its definition, IO-Link is “an open-source, serial point-to-point communication protocol for connecting sensors and actuators to an automation system.” Simply put, IO-Link devices can offer numerous advantages over standard sensors, while also allowing laying the foundation for additional opportunities in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Below, we’ll give a brief overview of IO-Link devices, detail how they operate, and outline the specific advantages they offer over standard industrial sensors.

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Topics: IoT

AC-Direct Driving LED Strings

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Mar 4, 2020 3:24:01 PM

With each passing year, LED lights (light-emitting diodes) are continuing to offer better performance at a lower cost. Because of this, the main expense now associated with LEDs is the infrastructure in the conventional lighting fixture - the housing, connectors, PCB, optics, and perhaps most critically of all, the power supply. This has driven attempts to design and create more inexpensive architecture, specifically looking to reduce the cost of the power supply. Below, we’ll discuss the development of AC-direct LED systems and how it has helped to eliminate the need for a conventional and expensive AC-DC switch-mode power supply.

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Topics: LED Lighting

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